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Expanded DACA will begin February 18 2015

USCIS to Begin Accepting Requests for Expanded DACA on Feb. 18 01/30/2015 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Feb. 18, 2015. That will be the first day to request DACA under therevised guidelines established as part of President Obama’s

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Immigration changes 2014; DACA program expanded

The post below comes directly from USCIS in their weekly update on immigration affairs.  This program may only last until the next voting cycle, or be modified dramatically by legislative action.  The expansion of DACA and the permission to allow parents of permanent residents and citizens to

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Undocumented driver’s licenses; document requirements for immigrant licenses

DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR COLORADO DRIVER’S LICENSING FOR UNDOCUMENTED PERSONS IN COLORADO The Department of Revenue established two new rules concerning licensing for undocumented drivers in Colorado, and also published materials to help applicants provide the correct information.  The web site is not simple to navigate however.  There

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Undocumented licenses in Colorado; SB-251 fails applicants, lacking appointments

SB 251 was passed last year, and was given a delayed start date to accommodate the Department of Revenue. Despite this, the Department only opened five locations to actually process the thousands of undocumented residents of Colorado who are actively seeking the limited drivers’ licenses authorized by

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DACA Renewal Guidelines; USCIS provides forms and guidance for DACA Renewal

The USCIS has now published its guidelines for deferred action renewals; the most important part is the timing of such renewals, which will be complicated by the approximately 550,000 eligible DACA recipients that must renew every two years. DACA Renewal Eligibility: You may request a renewal if

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CO Driver’s license for undocumented immigrants

The Colorado legislature passed a measure to approve driver’s licenses for undocumented residents: but not until August 1, 2014. Licensing for undocumented individuals in Colorado after 8/1/2014 Highlights: After August 1, 2014, you no longer need to prove legal residency as an immigrant in this state to obtain

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Clogged immigration courts and backlogs: a Washington Post article

The American Immigration Council reposted a new article in the Washington Post, about clogged immigration courts; one of their observations is below: “Over the past several years, the Department of Homeland Security has dedicated more resources to immigration enforcement efforts, resulting in a 17% increase in cases

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DACA recipients of deferred action and health insurance

A recent question came into this firm about the coverage available to DACA recipients; grantees who applied for and received deferred action under the DACA program.  As it turns out, there were changes in 2012 to the federal Affordable Care Act to exclude DACA recipients from affordable

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Immigrant driver’s licenses: more states allow licenses regardless of immigration status

States allow immigrant driver’s licenses A report by the National Immigration Law Center, full text inclusive-policies-advance-in-states-2013-09-09, lists the number of states that now allow licensing regardless of immigration status.  New Mexico, Utah and Washington have for years allowed immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses.  In 2013, Illinois,

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Immigration court shutdown, resulting from budget battle

The popular sentiment on the result of the government shutdown, is that due to the USCIS operating on a fee basis, most offices will not be closed and processing of most applications will continue; a good article from ImmigrationImpact is linked here. However, practically speaking, the USCIS

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